Until yesterday I had never even touched a large format camera. Been thinking about correcting that for quite a while. After reading how the Calumet CC-401's are excellent LF starter cameras' I purchased one from KEH in fabulous condition. The original case even came with it and even that looked practically brand new. The day the camera arrived I also received my newly ordered Steve Simmons book on "Using the View Camera" from Amazon. So I guess my education in LF is about to begin while I'm in my 57th year of being on this planet. My question is this: Is there a way to tell from the serial number when this camera was produced? It happens to be the gray one. My understanding is that the gray paint came before the black paint but I have no clue as to when the black's were released for the first time.
I still needs a lens board, film holders and a lens at this point but I can't believe how excited I am to get going with this camera!!